Glendale residents say neglected pond is becoming a health hazard

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SALT LAKE CITY -- People in the Glendale Park neighborhood are speaking out about a wetlands area Salt Lake City started putting in this year, which they said has been neglected to the point it has become a community health hazard.

Residents who spoke with FOX 13 News Saturday afternoon, including a member of the Glendale Community Council, said they’re concerned after the city put in this pond, which is attached to the Jordan River and a neighborhood park.

As you can see, there's algae covering the top of the water, dry weeds growing around the pond and the paths have not yet been paved. Residents have also complained about a high number of mosquitos in the area.

David Gordon is the vice chair of the Glendale Community Council, and he said Salt Lake City spent $1.5 million on the project, and he believes it’s a waste of city money and community space.

He said he fears the city is neglecting the area. Residents said they're concerned about their children's safety and other residents using the space.

They said they're concerned and feel like Salt Lake City is neglecting the west side and not making their neighborhood a priority.

Resident Jay Ingleby said: “This is the wrong place, there's no security... you don't even hardly see people using this, there's nobody here running, nobody here biking. The people that we saw biking are just cutting through here, going on their way home."

Gordon also spoke about the issues he sees at the wetlands area.

"We've got all this scum here, and it's a hazard to the kids and a hazard to the community,” he said. “There's mosquitos all over at nighttime, and it just, it looks terrible. I mean, you know, we're left with this and we don't want our golf course that they want to close down to turn into this."

Salt Lake City finished putting in the pond in May, but residents said it’s been sitting here unfinished and unused for months, with no maintenance or upkeep.

FOX 13 News attempted to reach out to the city for comment Saturday but did not receive a response.

1 Comment

  • Mathu Gaia

    This is so completely one sided. There are a few things that need to be said. 1. There are city workers that are on site everyday at the oxbow pond. If anyone were to pay even the slightest bit of attention they would see that there are changes that are being made daily. The major project that has been worked on is irrigation. They have been putting in irrigation pipe all around the pond so that the trees, shrubs, and plants will have enough water to grow. Because of this work, the machines, vehicles, and equipment that are moving around the area the vegetation around the pond has not exactly had the chance to grow too much. Not to mention the fact that they need the water from the irrigation that is being installed. That is a big part of it. Also, because of the construction work, the digging up of earth all around the pond, there have been a lot of nutrients that are being stirred up increasing the growth rate of the algae. There was just an article in the Salt Lake Tribune that stated over 20 of Utah’s water sources, many of which are drinking water sources are being plagued by the toxic algae. This is not a problem that exists only here. If one were to look right on the other side of the bridge, east of the oxbow pond where the bioswells were installed to reduce the amount of sediment and pollution that entered the river, you would see how beautiful the area is both in water quality and vegetation that surrounds the area. The same people are doing the work on the pond and it takes time for it to all come together. I think the most damaging part of this report is the idea that they have given up on this area and are not doing anything. That is clearly false and I feel that should be retracted from this report. There is a lot more that needs to be said but I will leave it at that for now. Please, don’t just listen to the media. If something concerns you, do a little research. And if you care that much why don’t you try to volunteer some of your own time to learning about what is going on and what you can do to help the situation. This park is a blessing to salt lake city. The people that gave their time and efforts to creating this, and combating the other proposals for the area, such as a shopping center or parking lot. This is a natural open space, we have done so much damage to mother nature, we cannot just expect her to bounce back and be perfect. It is going to take time and learning and effort to restore this to it’s natural prestine state. Please don’t give up or even suggest that it was the wrong thing to do. We need these natural open spaces, and we need to pay whatever price it takes in order to achieve that.

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